Story of the World Vol. 2 2nd Edition: Middle Ages (Paperback)

Story of the World Vol. 2 2nd Edition: Middle Ages (Paperback)

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Item #: 040707
ISBN: 9781933339092
Grades: 1-6

Product Description:

Volume Two picks up where Story of the World Volume One left off, and it tells the fascinating story of the “Dark Ages,” from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. This volume has been written very similarly to the other also, with a very readable text, appropriate for young children, told in a clear and engaging style. Each of the many chapters is relatively short, and broken up into smaller chunks that are the perfect length for curling up together and reading aloud. Also like the preceding book, this story of history doesn’t limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, and American history during the period, providing the young student with a much more complete view of what was going on all around the world during that intriguing time period. To cover every event in each of these diverse histories would take a whole library, however, and just as Susan Wise Bauer tells us in her first volume, use this volume as a springboard to more detailed readings about any events that you and the children find interesting and want to learn more about. A timeline and an index are included at the back.

Like its predecessor, the Activity Book corresponds chapter-by-chapter with the text from the Story of the World readings, and the sections and activities are well-organized and easy to implement. Each chapter begins with review questions for the book. Narration exercises are also included, so that the child may write or dictate to you a summary of what they learned. A list of books for additional reading follows, each with a concise summary and an approximate reading level to help you find those most appropriate for your child’s ability and interest. Corresponding literature, consisting of more "story-like" volumes such as cultural tales and myths are also featured to liven up your history reading, lending a little more interest to those lovers of fiction. An excellent range of activities follow the reading lists, including map work, a coloring page, and projects, which include art, crafts, games, and other more "involved" activities. An abundance of opportunities for "beyond-the-book" learning about here, but as the author mentioned in the activity book for Vol. 1, you should not feel pressured to read every book and complete every activity - history studied in this manner should be a fun and enjoyable journey for all involved, not an endless checklist of items you "have to" complete to pass a test. These courses lend themselves very well to family study, and a lot of the activities would be much more enjoyable with at least a couple siblings or friends. Fortunately, Susan Wise Bauer has anticipated this, and has denoted chosen activities with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. All in all, this looks like an very well-rounded, extremely enjoyable, and solidly chronological approach to history

The text is available spiral-bound in the first edition or in paperback or hardcover in the revised version. the Activity Book is a bound paperback and is the revised version.

Category Description for Biblioplan for Families:

Its as amazing as it always was and yet its so much better! For years BiblioPlan meant a series of four time-period-specific planning guides for world history. Using a spine and incorporating first-rate literature suggestions, they provided the framework for anyone wanting to study world history chronologically and classically. Then a few years ago, they started adding components and we wondered exactly where they were headed. Now we have a good idea and its looking good. The name BiblioPlan is still synonymous with classical chronological world history but what is available now is a full-bodied, full-color curriculum rather than a framework. Its comprehensive and thorough while providing ease of use and minimum teacher prep. They allow students of all ages to work on the same eras at the same time. Theres also flexibility. You can still use just the framework (Family Guide) or you can add some or all of the components. You can take a general approach and incorporate multiple ages at once or you can use material that targets particular education levels (i.e., upper middle school). Older children can help younger children and children of all ages will be making memories as they work together. Biblioplan puts you in the drivers seat with full controls.

Ancient, Medieval, and Modern America & World History are completely revised and all components are available. Early America & World History is currently "under construction" and will be available early in 2014. The unrevised versions are still available but are listed separately to avoid confusion.

BiblioPlan Family Guides

provide the structural framework for the program a full years worth of history and literature readings. There are four Guides, one for each of the four classical (chronological) time periods Ancient, Medieval, Early America & World, and Modern America & World (inspired by the Well-Trained Mom). This is the product that used to BE Biblioplan. In other words, when you said Biblioplan these guides are what you meant. Designed by a group of homeschooling moms for themselves, this guide gives you 34 weekly spreadsheets; each a comprehensive lesson plan. Their goal was to integrate quality historical literature with biblical and secular history. They put together an easy-to-follow plan which requires minimal parental prep covering the historical topic (Classtime), a Psalm study, References and Resources for textual information about the topic, Literature selections of the Week (for grades K-2, 3+, 5+ and 8+), a Family Read Aloud suggestion, Writing Ideas, Optional Fiction & Resources, and suggested Activities. Introductory information includes the usual "how to find books" and "how to use the plan" information as well as the book lists for both the scheduled and the optional literature. If your family includes older students, then youll be glad to know that a supplement for high school is included. Theres more! Prior to each Era (for instance, Early Christianity and the Rise of Islam, Europe & the Crusades, etc. for the Medieval history) there are several additional pages of reference material annotated book lists for the Readers, the Family Read Alouds, and the Optional Resources/Fiction.

If it sounds like the Family Guides might be all you need you would be correct. Theyre comprehensive and thorough; in general, well-constructed plans. You could complete four years (plus four more if you wanted) of interesting history, absorbing literature, and engaging activity possibilities using just these Guides. You may also want to ensure you have access to some or all of the frequently-referenced "spine resources" if you go this route. These include Story of the World, Mystery of History, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, or History of US. However, if you like to have perfectly coordinated, quality material at your fingertips rather than scrambling for it then you can incorporate one or more of the following components.

BiblioPlan Companion

There is one for each time period. Essentially, these are historical textbooks but not like any youve seen before. For one thing they provide both textual information (in a narrative prose style) and enrichment supplements. For another, theyre spiral-bound so they lay flat and color-coordinated so you know instantly if youre reading history text (black & white) or about people and special events (various colored backgrounds). These are books which beg to be pored over. In the random pages open before me from the Medieval Companion, there is a section on Muslim food laws and their rituals for newborns, a description of a tughra (Ottoman sultans signature) with gorgeous, artistic examples and a Turkish paper decorating technique ebru. In the Giants of the Faith section is a biographical sketch of Saint George and the Dragon which continues onto the next page and includes a large, glorious artwork reproduction of the same. There is a pattern to the information provided for each chapter (34 in each Companion one for each week): Geography Focus, History Focus, Fascinating Facts, Mystifying Myths, Interesting Individuals, Fascinating Foods, Church History Focus, Critical Concepts, and Giants of the Faith. Just in case theres any doubt, the Companions and all the BiblioPlanmaterials have a consistent biblical and Christian worldview. The Companions provide all the necessary textual information for the Classtime and greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for any outside historical reference books or spines. That being said, some may still choose to use the recommended spine readings in order to provide even more historical perspective and textual information.

BiblioPlan Cool History

provides weekly assignment sheets at four different grade level groupings Littles (K-2), Middles (2-6), Upper Middles (6-8), and Advanced (8-12). Its pretty easy to surmise that the goal of these is to allow a family to challengingly study the same time period and the same topics but at their own distinct levels. Templates for a year-long project Giants of the Faith Book are provided along with coordination of coloring pages (lower levels), Giants of the Faith suggestions, and hands-on activities (i.e. crafts, again for the lower levels). There are subtle grade-appropriate variations in the levels but these pages include reading assignments and questions taken from the Companion readings. The Littles book has suggested reading assignments that point to certain sections of the Companions of interest to younger students and Globe Fun (introductory map activities). The Middles and Upper Middles have an Optional Bonus Question or Activity. Both the Upper Middles and the Advanced include periodic (about every six weeks) exams. The Advanced assignment sheets have assorted questions fill in the blank, short answers, short essays (all taken from the Companions) and research essays (outside of Companions). If youre concerned about answers to all these questions they do exist but they arent in the Cool History books. Its necessary to contact the publisher ( for permission to download the answers. Im impressed with the general breadth and scope of these assignment sheets. Theyre obviously designed for review, retention, and reinforcement. And, in general, theyre visually appealing with full color illustrations. However, the space for writing answers seems irregular (Middles is too small 3/16" line spacing; Upper Middles has no lines) and may mean it will work best for your students to transfer all answers to notebooks/binders.

BiblioPlan Hands On Maps

provides one or two full-color maps each week that correspond to the weeks lesson content. Instructions for the maps are printed directly on the map. While students may need to gather a little helpful information from the Companions and/or a world map, students will be able to complete the maps at their level more or less on their own. The Middles maps set has suggestions for K-2, 3+, and 5+ students. The Advanced maps set includes six geography exams as well as a geography scope and sequence. The same set of maps is included in both books but the Middles includes some prompts and partial information that make them easier to complete.

BiblioPlan Timelines & Figures

are well-crafted supplements with one distinct advantage over many other timelines theyre in color. The spiral-bound books can be used "as is" or the pages removed and the timeline mounted on a wall or the pages three-hole punched and the timeline placed into a binder which would allow your student to create an entire timeline in one place. Lots of flexibility here. The timeline consists of one or more colored strips (color varies with the time period) plus dated notes on particular events. The student cuts out the graphics and pictures (located in the back of the book) and inserts them in the appropriate place. The Ancient Timeline includes a single timeline. The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Timeline includes two timelines one for church history and one for "regular" history. The America and the World Timeline features facing pages one for the Americas and one for the World. As mentioned earlier, the Timeline Figures are mostly in color (some 19th and 20th century figures are prints of original black and white photos) and, frankly, very eye-catching. Figures include portraits, artifacts, geographical features, monuments and buildings, photos or drawings of events, and much more.

BiblioPlan Craft Book

provides over one hundred crafts that correlate with the Family Guides. These are the crafts referenced in the Cool History assignment sheets. And I must say, the book I examined (Medieval) was very impressive. I would have loved to have such a well-illustrated and well-explained variety of crafts and projects to accompany our history studies. On the random page I opened, there are seven crafts which flow from four separate weeks (by the way, there are seven additional projects for those same four weeks the average is over three per week). A few require materials from other sources but most include directions; all include full-color pictures. Heres the selection: Porcelain Painting (buy a kit), Hold a Japanese Tea Ceremony (get details from internet), Make a Kharbhooja Sharbat Drink (directions), Make a Flying Dragon Head (directions), Make a Chinese Dragon (directions), Make a Yurt (directions), Make a Chinese Cricket Cage (directions). Patterns where needed are provided in the back of the book. This book is fully integrated with the BiblioPlan program but could also be used as a supplement to another world history study.

The BiblioPlan Coloring Book

provides coloring sheets to accompany the lessons. These are referenced in both the Family Guides and the Cool History for Littles assignment sheets. There is at least one and often two pages per week.

The BiblioPlan Family Discussion Guide

is for families who want some help in broadening their history studies into thoughtful family discussions. These Guides provide discussion starters that will help you guide your students into a better understanding of the connections between secular history and their Christian faith. One of the advantages of the Discussion Guide is that they allow you to lead discussions without having to study everything in the Companion yourself.

Remember the Days

is a historical textbook series specifically designed for younger readers (K-6). Covering the same topics (World History, U.S. History, Church History, and Geography) as the Companion and having the same 34 weeks of study, there are more fun stories and more "young" appeal. While you will most likely need to read to your early elementary students, upper elementary students will be able to handle much of the reading on their own. Currently Volume 2 (Medieval Days) and Volume 3 (Early Modern Days) are available with the other two expected over the next two years.

BiblioPlan Cool History Classic

is a republished version of an older edition of the Cool History books. In this version (which did not have grade level grouping designations), questions are based on the textual content of Susan Wise Bauers Story of the World rather than on the BiblioPlan Companions.

So, if your whole family is ready to dig into world history and you want flexibility, an excellent road map, comprehensive textual information, and colorful, engaging reinforcement and enrichment possibilities, then look no further than the new, reconstructed BiblioPlan. ~ Janice

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
2nd, Illustrated
Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
General Adult
Jeff West (Illustrator)
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
1.05 (lbs.)
8.5" x 5.25" x 1.0"
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Suggested by our co-op
erika s on Jun 15, 2021
My son loved the 1st book, actually asks to read it, and he's not a kid who likes to read, so I had to get the next one!
User on Mar 24, 2021
Suggested by our co-op
erika s on Jun 15, 2021
We had so much fun learning history this year, looking forward to continuing the story next year.
Nicole W on Apr 11, 2021
My son loved the 1st book, actually asks to read it, and he's not a kid who likes to read, so I had to get the next one!
User on Mar 24, 2021
last one in the series. ordered 1,2,3 &4
Kathleen C on Feb 19, 2021
loving volume 1, want to continue this series for our history curriculum.
Vickie S on Sep 3, 2020
My daughter will be using it with her class.
Jacqueline J on Aug 19, 2020
For my 10 year old daughter to learn world history
Have enjoyed reading the first volume to my kids.
Deitra M on Jul 20, 2020
Required by FPA (Freedom Project Academy)
Nicole M on Jun 29, 2020
My kids love this series. It’s a great foundation to add historical fiction onto for a painless well rounded approach.
Celeste D on Sep 29, 2019
We are enjoying Volume 1. My children love and look forward to history every day! It is wonderful to have a curriculum that we can do all together.
Crystal D on Sep 12, 2019
I love this series.
Christine G on Aug 6, 2019
To use with History Odyssey Middle Ages 1
Jaime B on Aug 4, 2019
school book
Lisa R on Jul 17, 2019
Our homeschool Coop
Amos A on Jul 13, 2019
love it
User on Jun 25, 2019
This book follows along with the Claritas Cycle 2 history memory work
Pamela D on Jun 10, 2019
Using this for our Co op
Heather W on Jan 26, 2019
My kids love the stories to go along with each lesson, and I love that it has a little bit of map work for each lessons. They like it so much they ask if it's time for Story of the World yet!
User on Aug 16, 2018
Teacher requested this
Elizabeth W on Aug 14, 2018
required by enrichment school
Tara J on Aug 8, 2018
I choose this book on continuation of edition 1. It is great, and my kid is always looking forward to read the next chapter. this book is made to be read!!! <br />The author did a great job making history enjoyable for our kids!
Raquel P on Jul 12, 2018
We like Story of the World. This was a good price (compared to Amazon.)
Catherine L on Jun 14, 2018
I was pleased with volume 1 and look forward to digging into volume 2 for second grade.
Elsa E on May 10, 2018
I read the 3 chapter sample and found it very engaging especially compared to other similar options.
Laura T on Apr 15, 2018
my son loves it
RICHA C on Jan 24, 2018
We enjoyed the extra literature and acticities that were available with Volume 1. This was an fun program for my children and me!
Virginia H on Jan 20, 2018
Used in My Father's World curriculum.
Carrie G on Jan 1, 2018
Kathryn M on Dec 1, 2017
Brittney W on Oct 27, 2017
All of the books I ordered were part of Sonlight Core G. You all had the best price. Thanks!!
Kimberly S on Sep 25, 2017
Our homeschool enrichment program uses it.
Michelle G on Aug 29, 2017
Home School
Cristie U on Aug 22, 2017
I absolutely love the easy reading provided in these Story of the World Volumes 1-4. It was either, read these books or put up a time line in our homeschool space. We've read them before but this time, we will keep them! Great addition to any library.
Sherry E on Aug 16, 2017
recommended by other teachers
Julie H on Aug 16, 2017
Used Volume 1 last year for 1st and 3rd grader and we all loved it
jennifer f on Aug 2, 2017
We have completed the Vol. 1 Story of the World and are continuing with the program.
Chelsea B on Aug 1, 2017
We used volume 1 and liked it
Cindy B on Jun 25, 2017
We like story of the world and want to continue next year.
Jessica U on Apr 6, 2017
We enjoyed the easy style of Volume 1 and are choosing to continue with the series.
Jessica A on Jan 31, 2017
As background material for our Veritas Press Middle Ages course, which focuses more on the European history. I wanted to also have information on the events in Asian, African, and South American areas of the world for a more complete knowledge.
User on Jan 2, 2017
Recommended by "The Well-Trained Mind"
Donetta W on Dec 19, 2016
I purchased this for the same reasons I purchased the Activity Book that goes with it. It was recommended by the Well-Trained Mind curriculum, and I liked the first volume of the series.
Marsha E W on Dec 4, 2016
My 6 year old eats up history and its the one area we are furthest ahead in. Preparing for the future to save some shipping expenses. :-)
Stephanie L on Dec 4, 2016
Continuing a course of study that has worked well for us
User on Nov 20, 2016
I love that this series covers history in chronological order, and in a way that is extremely easy for children to absorb. We were very happy with the 1st book and are looking forward to continuing with this one.
Nathan A on Nov 14, 2016
So dad can read along with what we're listening to in the car each day...
Claire E on Sep 14, 2016
Book was recommended by my homeschool group. I really like the way it reads. It is informational but not like a boring textbook.
Dawn B on Sep 8, 2016
My daughter read Vol 3 in 4th grade last year and is now reading Vol 4 in 5th grade. I thought it would be good to have the whole series as she did not study Ancient or Middle Ages in early elementary.
Rebecca C on Aug 26, 2016
best overall pricing
Mark E on Aug 25, 2016
We had so much fun learning history this year, looking forward to continuing the story next year.
Nicole W on Apr 11, 2021
last one in the series. ordered 1,2,3 &4
Kathleen C on Feb 19, 2021
4.6 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
A story that keeps your interest!
My daughter (8th grade) has already read the first book in this series and just moved on to this one. She really enjoys it, as it is more like a story than a regular history book.
April 5, 2021
4 months ago
Rated 2 out of 5
I think it is better for older elementary
I bought this book because it is required reading for my 2nd grader. She learns better with FIAR because it goes along with picture books and she learns better that way. I would recommend this book for 4th through 6th grade.
October 13, 2020
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
CLA second time around
Loved the overview the first time and still like it very much
October 9, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Engaging text for middle school history
I used this text for a group of 10-14 year-olds. It was well written, it kept my students engaged, and I really appreciated the effort to add 'human interest' stories to make history seem more real. Bauer doesn't just say that Shakespeare was a great writer, she retells the tale of Macbeth. The Activity Book was probably geared at a younger audience, however the Test Book was just right for my students. We are definitely going to use the other books in this series.
April 21, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
must read
Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
February 10, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
There are so many good reviews of this program already It's hard not to sound repetitive What I like most are the results my daughter (8yr) wants to keep reading and wants to find out more about the persons or the events She is understanding!Bravo for this book!Highly recommended!
May 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
This book is a great addition to our family library It gives a brief historical overview of the regions of the world during the specific time period of the Middle Ages Has pictures stories and trivia to add to each section She asks questions in each chapter that are thought provoking and engage you as a reader Although my children go to public school I was looking for something to add to their historical knowledge to help fill in the gaps they are not getting at school This book makes history interesting and also great to read as an adult I have read it aloud to my 5 and 9 year old and they get it and love it Looking forward to reading the other volumes
July 30, 2012

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